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民主——名句欣赏(三十九)  

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1.     All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that it not going to last. Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French novelist

      我们所有的最后决定都是在一种不可持续的心境下作出的。

2.      It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British statesman and orator, speech in the House of Commons, November 1947

      据说,民主是最坏的政府形式,如果不计我们时常尝试的其它所有形式。

3.      Democracy is that system of government under which the people, having 35,717,342 native-born adult white to choose from, including thousands who are handsome and many are wise, pick out a Coolidge to be head of the State. H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, Fifth Series, 1926

      民主就是一种政府体制,在这种体制下,有35,717,342名本地出生的成年白人可以选,其中有数以千计的英俊者以及很多聪明者,人民却选了一个柯立芝做国务院的头。

4.      Democracy is too good to share with just anybody. Nigel Rees, A Year of Graffiti, 1983

      民主太好了,所以不能与每个人都分享。

5.      It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freeddom of conscience, an the prudence never to practice either of them. Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American humorist

   仰赖上帝仁慈,我们国家有三种难以言说的宝贵东西:言论自由、信仰自由,以及决不把两者付诸实行的那种审慎态度。

6.      High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. Oscar Wilde, ‘The Soul of Man under Socialism’, 1891

      人们一度对民主期望甚高;而民主不过是由人民、为人民、棒打人民。

7.      Democracy is like sex. When it’s good, it’s very, very good. And when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. Anon.

      民主就如性生活。好时,非常非常好。糟时,依旧相当好。

8.      Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage. H. L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American journalist and essayist

      民主就是从猴子笼里经营马戏团的艺术。

9.      The Democratic Party is like a man riding backward in a carriage. It never sees a thing until it has gone by. Benjamin F. Butler, 1818-93, Republican Congressman and Governor

      民主党就像一面朝后坐火车的人。一个东西等它看到时已经过去了。

10.   The Democratic Party is like a mule without pride of ancestry or hope of posterity. Emory Speer, 1848-1918, Republican, Georgia (Attrib.)

      民主党就像骡子,既没有先祖的荣耀,也没有后世的希望。

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